It’s another big week for Fort Worth restaurant openings. Two new places opened in the Near Southside area. Tina’s Cocina offers a small menu of Mexican food, including burritos, street tacos and pozole. Here’s the great news: They open bright and early for breakfast, at 7am (and serve until 10:30am). Here’s the even greater news – owner Juan Solis says he’s planning on serving his breakfast tacos and huevos rancheros all day, sometime down the road. 961 W. Magnolia Ave., 817-367-9807. At Jennings and Pennsylvania is the new Tony’s Pizza, Pasta & Subs, serving New York-style Italian cuisine. Owner Tony Leland’s been at this a while, having owned other Tony’s pizzerias in the area over the years, and you can tell by the quality of the food, from the complimentary bread (made fresh every morning) to the loaded stromboli to the simple pizzas, available by the pie or slice. He’s also doing lunch specials for less than $8 that include a salad and that fantastic bread. There’s a great little patio, too. 609 S. Jennings Ave., 817-870-2255.
* Eater Dallas’ latest Fort Worth Heatmap came out this week. I was happy to see Malcolm Mayhew put Billy’s Oak Acres BBQ on it; they’re doing some of the best ribs in the area. Other new additions include Sol de Luna and Max’s Wine Dive. Me, I would have put the new Trevino’s on there, too.
* West 7th’s Gold Standard bar closed its doors last week to make way for the second location of gourmet taco shop Velvet Taco. I’ve eaten at the Dallas location several times and haven’t had a bad meal yet.
* Fort Worth Weekly put out its annual best-of issue this week. Good stuff, but they really need a fact-checker; there are a lot of mistakes regarding resto hours.
* Brewed on the Near Southside has introduced a new breakfast menu, served Tuesday-Friday from 8-11am. Dishes include chicken and waffles, serrano grits and housemade sausage. 801 W. Magnolia Ave.